"Today, as negotiators haggle over the details of a climate agreement in Paris, my home town in southern India is literally underwater," says Arivudai Nambi Appadurai, WRI India's Adaptation Strategy Head for Climate Resilience Practice. "Chennai has seen 17 days straight of rain, precisely the kind of extreme weather event that experts say will only become more common in a warming world."
While much of climate change discussion focused on critical issues of reducing emissions to avoid dangerous levels of warming, it is important to remember that warming is already happening, and that it contributes to worsening drought, floods, extreme weather and other serious impacts. Encouragingly, action to adapt to these impacts are also part of the discussion at the Paris climate talks currently underway.
The Adaptation Fund and Green Climate Fund are unique in that they provide climate finance directly to national institutions in developing nations. Here’s how countries can meet the Funds’ requirements to help finance mitigation and adaptation activities.
Climate finance is essential for enabling developing countries to both reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to the impacts of a warming world. Watch for six signs over the next two weeks to see how COP 21 makes progress in this area.
Nearly 90 percent of countries that submitted new climate action plans included an adaptation component, reflecting the growing importance nations are placing on resilience in their response to climate change.
Mayors from across the U.S. political spectrum will gather in New Hampshire later this month to discuss ways to help their communities deal with rising seas, recurring coastal floods and the need for more leadership and support at the state and national levels.
Indian industrialist and philanthropist Jamshyd Godrej discusses sustainable business opportunities in an interview with WRI's vice president for Communications.
Case studies from 21 agriculture projects across India show opportunities for change at scale
As climate change threatens India’s food security, adaptation in the agriculture sector is becoming increasingly important. However, for too long, adaptation has been characterized by individual efforts and by small, time-bound pilot projects.
Rainfed agriculture sustains millions of farmers in India, meeting 40 percent of India’s food demand. But the impact of a changing climate, including increased droughts and rising temperatures, threatens food production and farming patterns.
While climate change threatens virtually every community on Earth, adaptation efforts to date have been largely small-scale.
While the public focus is often on mitigation – how much countries are willing to reduce emissions, by when and with what degree of transparency – adaptation to the impacts of climate change demands the same level of attention.
As climate impacts mount, so does the urgency of resolving the equity challenge. Those least responsible for climate change are often the most vulnerable to changes in weather patterns, sea level rise, and other impacts, further exacerbating existing inequities.
Quantitative analysis of realistic funding scenarios to achieve internationally recognized goal estimates finance could total to $155B by 2020.
At Copenhagen in 2009, developed country Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) committed to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion a year by 2020 from public and private sources to support climate action in developing countries.
Helping communities in Southeast Asia’s Lower Mekong Basin adapt to a changing climate requires a careful balancing act between scientific information and local knowledge.
If your CSO wants to engage in a meaningful debate about adaptation, you need to gather evidence on the strengths and weaknesses of current adaptation finance structures.
How much money will the world need to protect itself from the impacts of climate change? By some estimates, about $300 billion a year by 2050.
A bipartisan group of county governments are taking action to protect Florida's coastal communities from sea level rise. Will they inspire greater momentum at the state and federal levels?